On July 8, 2014 I filed a freedom of information act (FOIA) request with the FBI asking for all files relating to Coleco from 1932 through 2000.
On December 20 2014, I received a CD-ROM with a response regarding Coleco. They sent 227 pages of reports, handwritten notes, transcripts, and photographs relating to the theft of 890 “Smurf Power Cycles” from a truck stop in Opal, VA in October 1982. That was all; a lot of material about the one incident.
Here is the text of my request:
Kevin Savetz [address redacted]
Portland OR 97239 [phone number redacted] [e-mail address redacted]
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
I am requesting any and all files relating to the company Coleco (also known as Connecticut Leather Company.) Date range: 1932 to 2000. The company is headquartered in Manalapan, New Jersey.
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at archive.org. The company was one of the major players in the formation of home video game industry, and is of great interest from a historical perspective.
In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request be filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.